Wednesday, June 11, 2008

New Thing #152--The Wave

When I'm walking in my neighborhood, inevitably someone I know drives by in a car. They usually honk and wave, and I wave back. Sometimes I can't see who the person behind the wheel is; I usually acknowledge them with a wave anyway. That way I can't be accused of being stuck up if it really is someone I know.

Oddly, when I'm driving I usually don't see anyone I know, so I don't get to be on the giving end of the wave. The other day I decided it shouldn't matter whether or not I knew a person. The friendly thing to do would be to honk anyway. Besides, I thought it would be fun to see what people did. Today on the way home from work I honked and waved at all the pedestrians I saw.

I got a variety of reactions. Some people waved back, some people looked confused, and some (including all of the children) just ignored me. I think the guy with the i-pod wire running from his pocket to his ear probably didn't even hear me!


  1. I do that too.. though usually at christmas time I am dressed up as an elf on my motorbike.. get a few strange looks from the kids :-)

    Great Blog btw.. enjoy visiting and catching up on your experiences

  2. lol Hi Kathy, from another St. Louis gal. You sound like me. I'm up here in St. Charles and I tend to try to wave as often as I can except my experiences with people are a bit difference. The 50 and over crowd is always friendly and wave back even if the have no clue who I am. Anyone with a dog usually waves. Our teenagers do NOT wave, but almost every single child or pre-teen waves (sometimes before I even wave, honk or acknowledge them) - they must have the parents that are uber friendly. LOL

    There aren't many 20 somethings running around the neighborhood so I don't wave at many, and then the 30 somethings and 40 somethings are probably a lot like your experiences - some confused, some waving and some generally just walking by.

    Anyway, found you through STLbloggers and glad I did. I used to live in E-ville, right there near you I'm sure. Miss that area but not Manch. road!

  3. I definitely need to do this activity again (but not till it's cool enough to have the car windows open again).

    Sage, I would LOVE to see an elf on a motorbike!

    Nicole, I think the parents around here have taught their kids too much about "strangers" that they won't even respond to someone in a moving car.

  4. Thanks for the advice on the fiber! The cereal really is good, I guess I just can't eat it every morning. :)

    I usually drive behind the school bus in our neighborhood in the morning, and all the kids always wave at me, and they always get so excited when I wave back. I guess most grown-ups don't usually wave back at them? I even honk if they do the honk sign. Such simple things make their day.